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Franz Kafka

(1883 - 1924)

The Metamorphosis

Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams and found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He threw off the covers and swung himself out of the bed with all his force. Gregor was still...

112 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

A Report For An Academy

Five years separate me from monkeyism, a time accompanied at times by excellent people, advice, applause and orchestral music, but basically alone. I got two shots in the cheek and woke up in a...

18 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

A Dream

Josef K. dreamed that he was walking through the cemetery when he suddenly saw a burial mound next to him on the path. He jumped into the grass but staggered and fell on his knee just in front of...

4 min read · Rating: G · Read story

A Fratricide

The murder took place in the following ways: Schmar lined up at nine o'clock in the evening on the moonlit night on the corner where Wese, the victim, had to turn from the alley in which his office...

3 min read · Rating: R · Read story

Eleven Sons

I have eleven sons, the first is unsightly but serious and clever, the second is beautiful, slim, well-built, and is clever but also experienced in the world, and the third son is beautiful but...

9 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

The Care of The Householder

Some say the word Odradek comes from Slavic, while others believe it is from German. Neither interpretation is applicable, because one cannot find a meaning of the word with either. A flat,...

3 min read · Rating: G · Read story

An Imperial Message

The Emperor sent a message to you, his pathetic subject, directly from his deathbed. He ordered his herald to kneel down beside his death bed and whisper the message to him, then confirmed its...

2 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Next Village

My grandfather used to say that life is astonishingly short, and that a young person should never ride to the next village.

< 1 min read · Rating: G · Read story

A Visit To The Mine

Today the top engineers were down with us to take the very first measurements. They are all young and different, and their clearly defined nature shows itself unbound at a young age. A fifth...

5 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Jackals and Arabs

We camped in the oasis. An Arab, tall and white, passed me, looked after the camels and went to the sleeping place, and I threw myself backwards on the grass, wanting to sleep, but couldn't; the...

7 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

In Law

A country man asks to enter the law, but the doorkeeper says he cannot allow him entry now. The man thinks about it, but the doorkeeper laughs and says he is powerful and can't stand the sight of...

3 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

An Old Sheet

It is as if much has been neglected in the defense of our fatherland. So far we have not taken care of it and have gone about our work; the events but we are worried recently. I have a shoemaker's...

4 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story